Nannerl O. Keohane is a political philosopher who served as president of Wellesley College (1981-1993) and Duke University (1993-2004). She has taught at Swarthmore College, Stanford and Princeton Universities, as well as Wellesley and Duke. Keohane is the author of Philosophy and the State in France: the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (1980); Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology (co-edited, 1983); Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University (2006), and Thinking about Leadership (2010).
Professor Keohane has written about and taught courses in political theory, leadership and gender issues. She is a member of the Harvard Corporation, the Board of Trustees of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Advisory Committee to the Social Science Research Council and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014-15, Nan Keohane was a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In the Hilary Term 2016, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.